un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Definition of uneven

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a
2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting
b : varying from the straight or parallel
c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion
d : varying in quality an uneven performance
3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs How to pronounce uneven (audio) \ noun

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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
Recent Examples on the Web Changes in spending habits, so far, have been uneven, companies and economists say. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, 31 July 2022 When in-person tours came back, business was uneven, shifting with each new coronavirus variant. New York Times, 28 July 2022 The main disadvantage is that the walls, floors and ceilings are uneven. CNN, 26 July 2022 That those pressures are uneven—a scion with a trust fund gets more tries at making it in a risky but rewarding venture than an orphan with monthly rent to cover—is one way inequalities compound. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Even with five-year, $125 million contract that Collins signed ahead of last season with the Atlanta Hawks, the fit alongside Trae Young amid Young’s high usage has been uneven. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 22 July 2022 There's a huge trend as well right now in global family building, because fertility benefits are really uneven across the world. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 20 July 2022 Although the groups’ success was uneven, the effort proved that running on a systemic criticism of mass incarceration was not disqualifying for a judgeship in New Orleans. Jamiles Lartey, NBC News, 6 July 2022 The person confirmed that discipline in the program is uneven and that other residents had not been written up for mistakes or violations, such as lying. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Uneven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneven. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers
2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface
3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing
4 : varying in quality an uneven performance
5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.

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